My academic training is in ancient philosophy, ethics, and the study of religion. In addition to this formal training, I have worked with several iconic multinational brands for many years on issues relating to the emotional and ethical aspects of brand strategy. Having stayed in over 30 countries and held teaching positions at universities in five more, my interests tend toward the interactions between large-scale conceptions and their regional improvisation. I try to incorporate this international and regional dynamic into the classroom as well as my research.
What will students be able to take away from your (Keller Center) classes?
My hope is that students will walk away with a deeper historical awareness of our current cultural moment and its challenges, as well as a critical appreciation for the distinctive traditions and systems that have fed into the present. My classes draw from philosophy, the wisdom traditions from world religions, and the wider humanities in an attempt to contextualize and narrativize our data-driven world.
What are your responsibilities at the Keller Center?
My main responsibilities are in content and course creation with the Faith Work Initiative as well as publishing my academic research.
What attracted you to the Keller Center?
The trans-disciplinary possibilities. Everyone in the academy talks about it, but where can you see it attempted and recognized? The Keller Center is a platform where initial steps of such an ambitious program are beginning to take place.
How are you involved with the Keller Center?
Mainly through research, content creation, and teaching. These take shape through my interests in ancient and modern philosophy on questions of time, labor, the phenomenology of perception, technology, and ethical frames. My particular focus on Judaism and Christianity during late antiquity considers their writings and realia in comparison with other philosophical and religious traditions as well as their reception in modern times and organizational life. If we consider our contemporary challenges as historical assemblages, the great wisdom traditions from the religions and philosophies of the world provide not only historical insight into how we arrived at our moment, but also provide fresh angles of vision for daring ways forward. From this perspective, I am currently working on projects relating to philosophies and histories of work, play, consciousness, and perception.
What do you appreciate most about the Keller Center?
The smart, caring, and genuinely curious faculty.
Share an inspiring story about your time at the Keller Center.
During a recent faculty Zoom call, I was moved by the tone being dominated by a concern for the students during COVID-19.
What advice would you have for students about getting involved at the Keller Center?
I think the main balance to get right for any student is that of owning and protecting your project idea on the one hand, and, on the other, inviting as much input and complexity from the faculty as possible. Working with students on research ideas is always great fun. The projects which excite me the most are those which are focused while also incorporating wide-ranging inputs.
How have you beneﬁted from your involvement with the Keller Center?
The question of "innovation" is necessarily trans-disciplinary. I am excited and inspired by the Keller Center's recognition of this, and their intentional inclusion of the humanities in their operations.